Winter storms are causing devastation across the UK this week with a battering from not one but three storms, one after the other.
This last week the UK has been battered by a number of storms across the UK. Storm Dudley, Storm Eunice and Storm Franklin and there may be more to come.
The storms have left many homes across the UK still without power and heating, with many more discovering that they have sustained damage to their property. Have The Winter Storms Caused Damage To Your Property?
Three people have died in one of the worst storms to hit the UK in decades. Fierce winds from Storm Eunice, Storm Dudley and Storm Franklin, toppled trees and sent debris flying, causing the deaths of a woman in her 30s in London, a man in his 20s in Hampshire, and a man in his 50s in Merseyside.
For some homeowners in the worst hit areas, the storms are causing serious concern in terms of damage to property, however, some homeowners may not even be aware that any damage has been caused to their property until after the worst of the storm has subsided.
Flooding is also proving to be a serious concern, with many rivers overflowing and widespread flooding across the whole of the UK causing damage to property.
With storms such as, Storm Eunice, Storm Dudley and Storm Franklin, hitting the UK with raging force, properties are taking a considerable beating from strong gusts of wind, some of which, are reaching speeds of up to 100mph or more. In these situations, properties are at risk of sustaining damage.
The gusts are strong enough to lift and dislodge roof tiles, pull roof tiles completely from fixing points, life roofs off their structures and damage chimneys and chimney stacks, as well as cause damage to ridge caps. Flying debris is also a serious concern as well as falling trees, which, can be a danger to life.
The advice is simply to stay indoors and don’t travel unless it is really necessary until the storms blow over. Public transport has also been badly affected by the storms, including buses, flights, trains and trams. For updates on Storm Franklin, this is a useful website.
This could be a precarious few days for some homeowners, and it’s important to ensure you plan ahead for how the storms could impact you and your property. You may end up with missing roof tiles or experience damage from fallen trees and debris. Damage to the property, such as the roof, could cause water ingress and leaks.
During storms such as Storm Eunice, Storm Franklin and Storm Dudley, there are a number of things you can do to check for damage on your property, when it is safe to do so.
During a storm with gusts of up to 100mph, it is common that roofs in particular can be badly affected. The strong wind can pull tiles from their fixing points, break tiles with ease or sustain damage from flying debris, such as branches, trees and broken pieces of furniture or debris from damage caused to other buildings.
When and ONLY when it is safe to do so, it is wise to carry out a walk around of your property and check for damage. You should be looking to identify any damage to,
- Roof tiles
- Roof felt or roofing sheets
- Ridge caps
- Chimney stacks
- Cables and downpipes
- Soffits and facias
- Aerials and satellite dishes
If you notice any dislodged or broken tiles, they will need to be inspected and repaired as soon as possible. However, a visual inspection from the ground doesn’t always provide a good and accurate diagnosis. Some roofs may be constructed in such a way that it isn’t possible to see the damage from the ground.
For many, the first thought as to how to overcome this is to climb up onto the roof, or erect expensive and unsightly access equipment. There is an easier and simple way to achieve this type of inspection and that is to use a drone to carry out an aerial roof inspection survey.
An aerial roof and chimney inspection survey will save you time and money, avoid the need for unnecessary access equipment and provide a much safer alternative to ladders.
How can you prevent damage to your property during a winter storm?
There are measures you can take to mitigate damage to your property and be prepared for any further storms that batter the UK this winter, or anytime a storm may strike for that matter. One of the things you can do is have a roof and chimney inspection carried out, prevention is always better than cure!
Inspecting your property prior to a storm will identify any weak points in the structure, any roof tiles that are loose, dislodged or broken along with any mortar joints that have deteriorated or become loose. Weak areas such as this, can cause water ingress and during a storm water and rain is forced into these areas causing leaks.
Once water begins to enter the building through these weaker areas, the cost of remedying the problem can grow significantly, so the importance of prevention, rather than cure begins to make sense.
Are more storms on the way?
It is inevitable during the winter months that we may experience further storms. However, for regular updates, the Met Office website can offer useful information and provide a heads up with regards to any storms heading our way, allowing you to take action and prepare.
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How can I mitigate damage during a winter storm?
- There are a number of things you can do to reduce damage to your property during a storm.
- Tie down wheelie bins
- Secure trampolines with anchors and rope
- Store garden furniture or weight it down
- Ensure you have nothing on your property that is loose or insecure
- If there is a history of fence panels blowing over, considering reinforcing them
- Ensure shed roofs and doors are secure